Codd loses Festival fitness fight

Codd loses Festival fitness fight

Leading Irish amateur jockey Jamie Codd has failed in his race to be fit for the Cheltenham Festival.

Codd has, over the years, been a dependable go-to man for British trainers keen to utilise his skills – as evidenced by his two victories in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase aboard Character Building and Junior.

But despite having recovered from a broken femur sustained in October, a recent point-to-point fall means he must miss out next week.

Codd said: “I’m out of action, I’m afraid.

“I was only back a week, but I had a fall at Knockanard point-to-point on February 12.

“Although I rested it for a week, I still had some damage in my back and lost a bit of power in my leg.

“It’s a shame as I’d be fit in a couple more weeks, but I’ve ran out of time.

“Charlie Longsdon and David Pipe had both contacted me about riding next week, so I’d have probably had a few good rides, but that’s racing.”

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